The Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin explores a new topic for every edition of its Festival of International New Drama (FIND). In 2018, the festival will highlight the “Art of Forgetting”. The programme’s concept is based on the notion that in every corner of society and in every cultural and political context no matter how diverse, there exists a desire to be forgotten, to have collective and personal traumatic experiences expunged. In reality, suppressing traumas frequently results in an unchecked and unintentional reopening of old wounds; the suppressed ordeals return with a vengeance. Theatre, however, offers us a place where we can apply the “art” of forgetting as a means of coping with traumatic events. In 13 productions from ten countries on three continents, all of which have never been shown before in Germany or are being (co-)produced for the festival for the first time, FIND 2018 will make theatre the venue of memories, a place where suppressed conflicts are allowed to play out. In recent years, the FIND festival has led to the discovery of new productions which made their international breakthrough following their invitation to Berlin. FIND offers German audiences an overview of the world’s newest trends in theatre and participates in the theatrical investigation of culturally provocative subjects.
Artistic director: Thomas Ostermeier
Artists: Mapa Teatro (CO), Angélica Liddell (ES), Caroline Guiela Nguyen, Rodrigo García (AR), Wajdi Mouawad (LB), Simon Stone (CH), Teatro La María (CL), Ofira Henig (IL)